Animation Mentor: A School Without Frontiers
My Life for Your Consideration: Back in 2007, I admitted to myself that what I really wanted to spend my life doing was to direct stories and ideally films. For many reasons that I might share one day (at least the relevant ones) I decided that leaving France and moving to the U.S. was the best thing to do. I am a self-taught director/editor and I desperately wanted to “properly” learn the craft of filmmaking and meet and grow with peers, (not much of that happened but that, also, is another story) so going back to school seemed like a reasonable way to change career.
Because, back in my youth, I had the great idea of studying in a field that doesn’t exist in any other country but mine, that provides a diploma that doesn’t equal to a Bachelor, and that is related to a dying industry (books), I quickly discovered that I disqualified for all the possible grants. I didn’t have enough money to go to a “real” film school (UCLA, USC, NYU, Columbia etc) and I started wondering how I will overcome the first obstacle preventing me from reaching my new life.
I guess fate took pity on me and I met a woman in an association that vaguely recalled about a night-time school for continuing education that was opened to International Students, and that’s how I ended up in Los Angeles, in 2008, at UCLA Extension. I quit my full-time job at a time where I was mobile, and with the support of my family and friends, turned my life upside down.
But some people who dream of changing careers don’t have the luxury to quit their jobs and leave their town or country.
In the last few years, many schools have developed online programs, allowing anyone in the world with a good Internet connection and a fair knowledge of English to learn and acquire serious knowledge, no matter their geographic location.
One of this school is Animation Mentor.
Welcomed Break: watch a presentation about Animation Mentor.
I stumbled upon Animation Mentor as I was writing about the Animation Letters Project, spent many hours on their website and was so impressed by their system and values that for a split second, I thought about becoming an animator.
More seriously (I don’t have half the patience required for this job) I felt it was important to share this discovery as I often missed opportunities simply because I didn’t know they existed and as a result didn’t look for them. The Internet is a tremendous tool, but it’s sometimes hard to find the pearl tailored to your needs in its exponentially growing cloud of information, and one of my goals with mentorless is to let others know about what I wish I had knew sooner.
So here we go: if you secretly always wanted to become an animator but don’t leave in the right place and/or feel it’s too late to change path, have a look at Animation Mentor. Maybe it will change your life, maybe it won’t be for you, but at least you’ll know the choice exists.
Watch the 2011 Students Showcase, a testimony to the diversity of the students enrolled in that school and to its tangible results.
There are many more videos on their website, and all the relevant information regarding their programs and fees. You also have access to free and open webinars and many more goodies that you will discover here.